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  • STEM Tuesday -- Earth Day 50th Anniversary Celebration-- Book List
    STEM Tuesday — Earth Day 50th Anniversary Celebration– Book List
    April 7, 2020 by
    We are avid Earth Day proponents. If you’ve ever heard us speak, you’ve probably heard us say that every day is Earth Day. This month we feature a number of new environmental titles for children, many with activities that young readers can do while sheltering in place during the coronavirus pandemic. According to a March 18, 2020 article  in Scientific American, “a number of researchers today think that it is actually humanity’s destruction of biodiversity that creates the conditions for new viruses and diseases like COVID-19, the viral disease that emerged in China in December 2019, to arise—with profound health and economic impacts in rich and poor countries alike. In fact, a new discipline, planetary health, is emerging that focuses on the increasingly visible connections among the well-being of humans, other living things and entire ecosystems.” Now, more than ever, it’s time to show our children how to become better stewards of our planet and appreciate the beauty around us. ...
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  • Women In STEM (Math & Science) - Author Interview with Laurie Wallmark, and Giveaway
    Women In STEM (Math & Science) – Author Interview with Laurie Wallmark, and Giveaway
    April 6, 2020 by
     Today we’re interviewing Laurie Wallmark, author of Numbers in Motion, and several other titles.                                   This book features the STEM topics of mathematical equations and science, and how Sophie Kowalevski became the first woman in the world to receive a doctorate in mathematics that required original research and inspired a generation of mathematicians. Sophie was also the first to hold a university chair in mathematics, and the first to be the editor of a major scientific journal.   Tell us about Numbers in Motion and what inspired you to write the story of Sophie Kowalevski. As long as I can remember, I’ve loved math. Why? Because it’s fun! Although several of the people I’ve written about before have been talented mathematicians, they were recognized in different fields. I thought it was time to share...
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  • STEM Tuesday-- Astronauts and Space Travel -- Interview with Author Tanya Lee Stone
    STEM Tuesday– Astronauts and Space Travel — Interview with Author Tanya Lee Stone
    March 31, 2020 by
    STEM Tuesday–Astronauts and Space Travel– Interview with Author Tanya Lee Stone   Welcome to STEM Tuesday: Author Interview & Book Giveaway, a repeating feature for the last Tuesday of every month. Go Science-Tech-Engineering-Math! Today we’re interviewing Tanya Lee Stone, author of Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared To Dream.  It’s a fascinating look at the early days of astronaut training where women were barred from participating despite, in some cases, possessing superior skill levels. The New York Times Book Review said, “Stone’s carefully researched book makes the point that in the 1950s and ’60s there were ’13 women who… had the Right Stuff’ – but were the wrong sex at the wrong time.”  * * * Christine Taylor-Butler: Tanya, you are one of the most accomplished authors in the field with more than 100 books under your belt. One of your superpowers seems to be telling compelling stories of lesser...
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  • STEM Tuesday-- Astronauts and Space Travel -- Writing Tips & Resources
    STEM Tuesday– Astronauts and Space Travel — Writing Tips & Resources
    March 24, 2020 by
    Behind the Scenes Astronauts are awesome, don’t get me wrong. They’re like the quarterback of aeronautics and space exploration. They’re the face of the mission just as the quarterback is the face of the football team. But I’m a lineman. Linemen do the work in the trenches that keeps the quarterback on track for success. Space travel requires an army of men and women working in the trenches in order to make a mission successful and bring their astronauts home safe and sound.  I was full of wonder as only a newly-minted five-year-old birthday boy can be when I saw the Eagle land on the moon in July of 1969. That sense of wonder never left me but years later I got to thinking deeper about this life-changing event. Sure we all watched Neil Armstrong take one small step but what about the thousands of people working behind the scenes...
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Kirsten W. Larson



Kirsten W. Larson used to work with rocket scientists at NASA. Now she writes about both science and history for kids. She is the author of 25 nonfiction books, including the Robotics in Our World series (Amicus). Calkins Creek will publish her debut picture book, WOOD, WIRE, WINGS: Emma Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane (illus. by Tracy Subisak) in 2020. Originally from Virginia, Kirsten lives near Los Angeles. Find her at or on Twitter and Instagram @KirstenWLarson.